Jean Achard (born Jean-Jacques Grosman in Paris, France on March 15 1918 – died July 14 1951 in Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) was a French journalist and racing driver who competed in several pre-championship events in the mid-1940s. His only entry in the Formula 1 Championship was in the 1951 Indianapolis 500, where he failed to attend.

He gained the name Jean Achard during his time in the resistance against the Nazis, during World War 2.

Career Edit

1946-1947 Edit

Throughout 1946 and 1947, Achard enjoyed some good results as he attempted to make it to the top of Grand Prix racing. In July 1947 however, at the Grand Prix de l'Albigeois, Achard suffered injuries in a crash which killed a spectator. The crash kept the Frenchman out for the remainder of the year. Achard did not race again competitively for the rest of the decade.

1951 Edit

At the end of 1950, Achard acquired Philippe Étancelin's Talbot-Lago T26C and began to find his way back into motor racing, moving to Brazil in January 1951 to enter local racing events and the 1951 Indianapolis 500. His entry to the Indianapolis event was accepted, but the Frenchman failed to attend.

Death Edit

Two months later, while contesting a hillclimbing event in Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Achard was driving a Ferrari for Antonio Pinheiro Pires, a young Brazilian driver to whom he had sold the Talbot T26C. The Ferrari had a pedal setup which differed from what the Frenchman was accustomed to - with the accelerator and brake pedals inverted. This confused Achard who subsequently lost control on the twisty circuit and hit a wall, killing him.

Formula One Statistical Overview Edit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1951 Jean Achard Talbot Lago 0 NC

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 1
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Pos
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

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